Ariel Ostad, M.D. on Whether Skin Cancer Affects Other Types of Cancer

The other aspect of the study was where individuals with skin cancer had a higher incidence of non-skin cancer, whether it was prostate, colon, lung or breast cancer. I have been practicing for over 15 years now and I have treated about 15,000 skin cancer patients -- about a thousand a year. I can say that I don%u2019t think it is the skin cancer that increases the incidence for patients to develop other kinds of cancer. When you look at a cohort can certainly develop other kinds of cancer, but that maybe because they are not living a healthy life style, they are not exercising, or they are not eating well. It is not the skin cancer that causes them to develop internal cancers.

I believe that because of the industrial world that we live in today the incidence of cancers is high --whether it is lung, colon, breast or even skin cancer. You can see that all around us. But I don’t agree with the conclusion of this study. Based on my experience I don’t see the association between a skin cancer and a subsequent cancer. I definitely think does it correlates with other skin cancers, but not internal cancers.


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